After the dramatic finish to the 2014-15 campaign, preparations for the new season in the Greene King IPA Championship are now well underway with the 2015-16 fixtures released today.

Last month, Worcester Warriors secured their path back to the Aviva Premiership following an enthralling two-legged final which saw Dean Ryan's men finish with a one-point aggregate advantage over title hopefuls Bristol Rugby. The result sees Warriors bounce straight back to the top tier while London Welsh return to the Championship after a difficult year in the Premiership.
 
The Exiles will kick-off their Championship return at Castle Park, home of Doncaster Knights, who were promoted to the professional second tier from National League One last season and not only avoided relegation, finishing 9th in the league, but also secured a place in the British & Irish Cup final. 
 
It was instead Plymouth Albion who dropped down, replaced by returnees Ealing Trailfinders who made their debut into the competition in 2013-14. The men from South West London will open their second Championship campaign against last season's play-off contenders Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.
 
Bristol, meanwhile, will begin their sixth Championship campaign at Ashton Gate against Bedford Blues. Andy Robinson's men have not lost to Bedford in the league since 2010-11 although the Blues did run the West Country side close, losing by just four points in December.
 
After a season which saw them finish in the top four for the first time in the club's history, London Scottish will look to continue rising through the ranks in 2015-16, starting with a home fixture against Moseley in Round One. The Birmingham side narrowly avoided relegation last season, confirming their status with a convincing win over Plymouth Albion in Round 21.
 
Yorkshire Carnegie will reacquaint themselves with Jersey in the opening round of the Championship hosting them at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, while, finally Cornish Pirates will welcome Nottingham Rugby. The Penzance based club finished in the bottom half of the league table for the first time in Championship history last season and will be looking to improve on their final position, starting with an opening day win against Nottingham. The Green and Whites narrowly missed out on a top four finish last season by just five points and have recruited well since their season concluded, including securing the ongoing service of head coach Martin Haag.
 
Commenting on the 2015-16 season, Chairman of the Championship Clubs Geoff Irvine said: "We saw last season just what an exciting competition the Championship is and that, along with the quality of rugby, has continued to grow every year since the league's inception in 2009. The league also remains an excellent competitive environment for English qualified players to learn their trade.
 
"There are some fascinating clashes in the opening round and beyond and I for one am eager to see how the season unfolds. If we learned anything from last season, it's that anything can happen in this league and that will make for some pretty engaging and exciting rugby to come.”

To view Yorkshire Carnegie's fixtures click here